Shreyas Iyer and Ricky Ponting throughout IPL
A ‘proud’ former Australia captain Ricky Ponting heaped reward on India batter Shreyas Iyer and congratulated him for making his Test debut against New Zealand on the Green Park in Kanpur on Thursday. Ponting has seen Iyer from shut quarters whereas working as the top coach of Delhi Capitals within the IPL. It was the mixture of Iyer and Ponting that took the Delhi Capitals to new heights and revived their marketing campaign within the IPL. Under Ponting and Iyer – he was the captain of DC earlier than being changed by Rishabh Pant on account of an damage forward of the 14th season – DC emerged as one of the vital constant groups in the previous few years of the IPL.
Ponting mentioned Iyer’s Test debut was well-deserved because the right-hander has labored very onerous in the previous few years to fulfil his goals.
“Having seen all the work you’ve put in over the last few years, very well deserved and only the beginning for you mate. Proud of you Shreyas Iyer,” tweeted Ponting quoting the BCCI video.
— Ricky Ponting AO (@RickyPonting) November 25, 2021
The 26-year-old Iyer was handed the Test cap by former India captain Sunil Gavaskar forward of begin play on Thursday.
It hasn’t been a straightforward yr for Iyer, who missed quite a lot of cricket on account of a shoulder damage sustained in the course of the limited-overs sequence towards England earlier this yr. He needed to bear a surgical procedure which additionally saved him away from India’s T20 World Cup facet.
The Mumbai batter, nevertheless, made a powerful comeback with a string of excellent scores within the UAE leg of IPL 2021 and never solely obtained his place again in India’s limited-overs set-up – he featured in all of the three T20Is towards New Zealand – but additionally pressured his manner into the Test facet.
With Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma resting, Iyer has a great alternative to depart a mark in red-ball cricket.
India misplaced opener Mayank Agarwal early after stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane received the toss and opted to bat first. Agarwal was out for 13 off Kyle Jamieson. But since then Shubman Gill and veteran Cheteshwar Pujara have steadied the Indian innings by taking them previous the fifty-run mark with out additional injury.
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